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Glassheart

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting
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5 reviews
Members
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25 reviews
 

Everyday Inferno presents the NYC premiere of this decidedly adult take on 'Beauty and the Beast,' full of humor, magic, and belief in the life-altering power of love.

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Beauty never showed up. Centuries after the curse, the Beast and his last remaining magical servant are holed up in a ramshackle apartment, managed by a mysterious landlady with a suspicious taste for gingerbread. When an eligible maiden moves in next door, "happily ever after" feels agonizingly within reach, but we all know that in fairy tales, nothing is exactly as it seems. 'Glassheart' explores the space between light and dark, and the sacrifices we make in search of an ordinary life. Recommended for ages 11 and up.

 


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Reviews (30)

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76
Avg Score

61
Front Mezz Junkies

"The set-up is fascinating in its playful use of the fairy tale, and while at times 'Glassheart' finds ways to be funny and clever, the actors are directed to play the moments with very stylized and overly dramatic line readings that initially keep us at arms length from the Beast’s pain. The songs are a distraction and not performed or written well enough to captivate us...Hardy attempts to try for something darker...but in the end, doesn’t make it compelling." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

“The imaginative ensemble of creatives assembles two hours of inspired and inventive theater...The story wraps up like a perfect package...Reina Hardy has created a text featuring a beautiful matrimony between contemporary dialect and snippets of heightened language. The play drips with heart and ingenuity...Hardy has a gift for telling a story through a feminist and current lens minus beating social commentary over the head." Full Review

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My Entertainment World

“‘Glassheart’ is a tale of self-discovery, of the unique nature of relationships and of the search for identity in life’s pursuits...Portions of the play reflect a refined writing style – minimal yet packed with complex themes and issues...The ensemble is quite strong...Even with its faults...’Glassheart’ is enchanting – an engaging, funny and, at times, superbly subtle production that does justice to its source material while also reinvigorating it with new meaning." Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

"'Glassheart' is a study of opposites, tracing the fine line between the ordinary and extraordinary. In tone and topic, the language is lyrical and conversational...The cast members work well as an ensemble...Overall, the strength of Hardy's writing and the imaginative production elements make 'Glassheart' an excellent choice for those looking to discover exciting new work Off Off Broadway." Full Review

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Kevin F. Kelleher

“Garmany manages to steal the show...Hardy’s witty dialogue will keep your ears busy, but I recommend you watch the faces of the characters on stage to witness some truly great acting...‘Glassheart’ is a play about weird people with problems, but in the exploration, we come to find that such weirdness lies at the heart of who we all are, and the further out we go from our perceived center, the closer we end up finding ourselves to the familiar." Full Review

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78
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48
Ambitious

See it if you are interested in a modern take on "Beauty and the Beast".

Don't see it if you need a clean dramaturgically sound plot, and a consistent update of the classic fairy tale, with a sense of direction.

70
Slow, Light drama, Effective set design, Reasonably priced

See it if you like fairy tale revisionism, gorgeous bang-for-your-buck set design, a casual story about self-worth w/ some intriguing fantastical bits

Don't see it if you dislike Pollyanna-type characters, expect new insights on "what it means to be human," want Angela Carter-levels of darkness and polish

Also I know I shouldn’t whistle the set but have got to give credit where d... Read more Read less

86
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You would like to a classic fairy brought to life in original ways with great acting

Don't see it if Adult fairy tales don't appeal to you

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever twist, Intense deliveries

See it if you want a more mature version of the fairy tale w/ a creative twist in the plot and more depth in the characters' psyche. Great cast !

Don't see it if you want to stick to the original version w/ a big cast, big costumes & sets.This is a minimalist take but the acting & plot is to the max.

84
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an adult take on Beauty and The Beast. You want to be entertained by some good actors. You want to laugh.

Don't see it if You are not interested in an adult take on Beauty and The Beast. You don't want to enjoy a good show.

Also I enjoyed this show. Everyone did a great job. The staging was done ve... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if fun, enjoyable take on an old fable; all four actors were excellent but the lamp was the stand-out

Don't see it if you want a straight story and not a fantasy

91
Funny, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You wanna see amazing acting - particular from Ms. Garmanny, who's performance as a lamp alone is worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if I guess if you hate women? I dunno, it's delightful.

80
Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Magical, Imaginative

See it if More developed Beauty & Beast characters, set in NYC. Takes you on a mysterious magical ride with interesting twists of plot and meaning.

Don't see it if Long and a bit labored in spots. Could use more humor in the second half. Don't expect a light musical; it's a drama with a few songs.

47
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Uneven acting

See it if you want to see what is essentially children's theatre with some profanity and adult situations thrown in to make it PG-13 rated.

Don't see it if you are expecting the "mature" take on Beauty and the Beast which was promised.

Also The fact that the house management kept up the sign saying how to get ... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, New twist on age old story

See it if you like Beauty and the Beast but want to see it with a new fresh twist. Like what are in essence 1-character shows despite others on stage

Don't see it if you want all the characters in a play well developed, not just one; tired of the premise of Beauty and the Beast. Have trouble with stairs

76
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You like interesting retellings of a classic and smart catchy dialogue in a fun intimate space.

Don't see it if It occasionally devolved into melodrama at odds with the whip smart fun of it.

78
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see a new twist on beauty and the beast

Don't see it if If you want a big show and big set

Also The theatre is a small intimate space and only four actors. I found th... Read more Read less

77
Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy darker twists on disney stories. Want to see some good acting and interesting set choices that help fill the space.

Don't see it if Dislike minimalistic sets and small casts. Want a strong plot to follow.

90
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Expectation-subverting

See it if You like adaption of classic stories. Appreciate black-box theater. Enjoy high quality stage design, acting, and writing. Worth the stairs

Don't see it if Have trouble with 4th floor walk-ups. Don't like having your expectations upset.

92
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You want to be delighted and moved by a fairy tale that is strangely human

Don't see it if You don’t like magic or gritty realism is your thing

Also Glassheart was a beautifully directed, wonderfully acted production. T... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing

See it if You like adult fairy tales

Don't see it if you don't like fairy tales

76
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Quirky

See it if you like plays with a small cast staged in an intimate setting modernising a known fairy tale.

Don't see it if you want to see a famous actor, or don't like plays with fairy tale themes.

Also Theater tricky to find, and it is a four story walk up,(they can acces... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you like twists on fairy tales. It is very well acted and the story is interesting. Not the happy ever after from Disney

Don't see it if you are looking for a classic story of beauty and the beast.

Also the venue has many stairs. it also has excellent sight lines for excel... Read more Read less

93
Funny, Original, Creative, Clever, Great acting

See it if You like creative spins on existing stories, intimate settings, actors committed to their roles

Don't see it if You aren’t able to climb 4 long flights of stairs, need fancy staging and scenery, only like traditional theatre

76
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if It was an interesting take on an old story. I did enjoy the twists and use of the set. I had trouble hearing when they dropped their voices.

Don't see it if If you don't do stairs!!!! Or expect great singing.

65
Intense, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like modern takes on classic fairytales

Don't see it if You like bigger productions .

93
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy alternate fairy tale stories

Don't see it if Only enjoy shows with lots of music and songs

95
Enchanting, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you're interested in an intimate, thought-provoking, magical story about love, friendship and humanity.

Don't see it if magical realism isn't your bag.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like excellent writing, authentic acting, and delightful twists.

Don't see it if Stories that combine fantasy and realism.

96
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like modern twists on old fairy tales, and like supporting the work of the all female creative team.

Don't see it if You only like big stage productions.